Rockies GM: Nolan Arenado trade not happening before spring training
There have been numerous trade rumors surrounding Nolan Arenado this offseason, but the Colorado Rockies’ general manager says the third baseman will begin spring training with the team.
Rockies GM Jeff Bridich said on Monday that nothing came from the trade talks, which is why the team will begin spring training with Arenado.
“With the season coming up and spring training on the horizon, we are going to start focusing on that,” Bridich said, via The Denver Post. “We have listened to teams regarding Nolan and really nothing has come of it. We are going to move forward pretty much as we expected — with Nolan in the purple and black and as our third baseman. So we can put this to bed and collectively look forward to the upcoming season and work toward that.”
The Rockies tested the trade market for Arenado in December, and as of earlier this month, the third baseman was said to be a 50-50 possibility to be traded. The Braves, Nats, Rangers and Cardinals were among the teams that reportedly had trade talks about Arenado, but it appears Colorado did not receive the kind of return they were seeking.
Arenado has a full no-trade clause and $234 million remaining on his deal, which may explain why it’s hard to deal him. Arenado batted .315 with 41 home runs, 118 RBIs and an OPS of .962 last year.